Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, dismissed just hours before his retirement, launched a legal defense fund Thursday to help finance counsel for multiple congressional inquiries and an internal Justice Department investigation that is examining how the FBI and Justice handled the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Meadows and Jordan spoke just hours after Sessions announced that there wouldn't be a second special counsel appointed to investigate the FBI's conduct, the Clinton Foundation or the Uranium One scandal.
According to Jordan, the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility determined that McCabe lied to his superiors and investigators four times: first, to Comey in October 2016; then, to FBI investigators in May; and later, to the Office of the Inspector General twice, beginning in the summer.
Another source familiar with the matter argued that the discrepancy between the two accounts is more about the fact that they are recalling the interaction differently than a dispute about what took place, saying both were acting in "good faith".
McCabe was sacked two weeks ago by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for being untruthful in his review of the e-mail investigation into Hillary Clinton.More news: Cardinals reportedly reach deal with closer Greg Holland
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The first alleged lie was to James Comey in October 2016. "Four times he lied about leaking information to the Wall Street Journal about the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Donald Trump praised McCabe's firing as "a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI" and "a great day for Democracy".
"I have never before seen the type of rush to judgment - and rush to summary punishment - that we have witnessed in this case", Bromwich said in a statement after McCabe's firing.
Mr. McCabe's legal team is being led by former Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP.
Sessions fired McCabe after the Justice Department inspector general found he had disclosed sensitive information to the media and misled investigators, according to the Washington Post. McCabe denies any wrongdoing. When asked about contacts with a reporter that were fully within my power to authorize as deputy director, and amid the chaos that surrounded me, I answered questions as completely and accurately as I could. McCabe has maintained that he later corrected earlier information he provided to investigators.